Harper eager to get to postseason, end Phillies’ drought

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Bryce Harper’s first year in Philadelphia ended with his former team winning the World Series and the Phillies suffered another September collapse in his second season. He says it’s time to end the team’s nine-year postseason drought. Harper is encouraged the Phillies hired David Dombrowski to be president of baseball operations and re-signed two-time All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto and shortstop Didi Gregorius. Before those moves, Harper wasn’t sure about the team’s direction. Dombrowski won a World Series with the Marlins in 1997, another with the Red Sox in 2018 and reached two with the Tigers.